You and Yours Distilling unveils canned lemon vodka cocktail

You and Yours Distilling's new Meyer Lemon Vodka Soda.
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Plus news about the arrival of Chowbus, UCSD restaurant openings and casting call for “Top Chef” spin-off series


San Diego-based You & Yours Distilling unveiled its latest canned cocktail on Sept. 1: Meyer Lemon Vodka Soda. It joins the company’s seven other canned cocktails, including Cucumber Mint Vodka Soda, which was released in July.

Made with the company’s grape-based house-distilled vodka, the new 12-ounce cocktail can be purchased on-site at You & Yours tasting room at 1495 G St., or a $15 four-pack can be ordered online at

Asian food delivery service arrives

Chowbus, a food-delivery service that works exclusively with Asian restaurants, has arrived in San Diego. It offers home delivery from more than 35 Asian restaurants from National City to Poway that specialize in authentic Asian cuisine, including Sizzling Pot King in Clairemont, Shan Xi Magic Kitchen on Convoy Street and Gong Cha in Mira Mesa.

Founded in Chicago in 2016, Chowbus operates in 23 North American markets. The company says it offers more Asian food choices than other meal delivery apps. Chowbus customers can also bundle items from multiple locations in a single delivery. For details, visit

‘Top Chef’ casting new spin-off series for amateur cooks

Over the years, many San Diego restaurant chefs have competed on Bravo network’s “Top Chef” competition series, but the show’s producers are now casting a spin-off series called “Top Chef: Amateurs!”

Experienced home cooks of all ethnicities must be 21 or older and a U.S. citizen to apply. The 65-question online application can be found at

UCSD opening six new restaurants

For the opening of its new North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, UC San Diego plans to open six quick-service restaurants to serve students in 2021.

They include Blue Bowl build-your-own superfood bowls; Copa Vida specialty coffee and tea; Fan-Fan, a Chinese and Asian fusion eatery; Plant Power vegan fast food; Showa Ramen; and Tahini, offering Middle Eastern street food.

Pam Kragen writes about restaurants for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Email her at